Comedian Announces White House ‘Campaign’

0 Shares

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) — Comedian Stephen Colbert said Thursday he has “talked it over with my money” and decided to explore entering the South Carolina presidential primary.

“I am proud to announce that I am forming an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my possible candidacy for president of the United States of America of South Carolina,” Colbert Thursday during the taping of his Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report,” Politico reported.

“This is a difficult decision,” he said. “I’ve talked it over with my money. I’ve talked it over with my spiritual adviser.”

The announcement builds on Colbert’s long-running lampoon of federal election finance laws allowing unlimited contributions to so-called super PACs.

Colbert, a South Carolina native, started a super PAC — Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow — in 2010 to make fun of the federal rule. He has a tax-exempt 501(c)4 organization, called the Colbert Super PAC SHH [as in "shh"] Institute, Politico said.

Former FEC Chairman Trevor Potter, appearing as a guest on Thursday’s show, told Colbert he would not legally be able to retain control of the super PAC if he becomes a candidate.

“That would be coordinating with yourself,” Potter said.

To avoid legal entanglements, Colbert handed over control of his super PAC to Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.